The house was built in Izbica near Warsaw. A beautiful plot on a hill, overlooking a river bend provides quite the sight. The area is however filled with summer resort houses. The architects therefore wanted to open the form up to the South where the sights are, while isolating them from the neighbors.
Name: Living-Garden House w Izbicy
Author: Robert Konieczny
collaboration: Magdalena Adamczak, Aleksandra Stolecka, Marcin Harnasz
construction: Jan Głuszyński, Kornel Szyndler
installations: Cyryl Kaczmarek, Duo Term
site area: m2
floor area: ,40 m2
photographs: Jakub Certowicz
awards: nomination European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
Mies van de Rohe Award 2015
– Living-Garden House in Izbica awarded the prize ‘Export Work’ in Architecture of the Year 2014 in Silesian Region Competition
Hence the L-shaped ground floor enclosing the plot. Separate garage limits the garden. It was the wish of the investor to retain all trees. The form was altered to acknowledge the old growth. Rounded ground floor resembles a rock, on which the upper, night section rests. Protruding ledge created a shaded garden merging with the living section. It is enclosed by massive ground floor forms on the one side and with glass partitions on the other.
A living-garden is thus created – a room on the verge of two worlds: house and nature. On warm days, after removing the glass partitions, indoor space merges with the garden, thanks to the materials applied. Other functions (kitchen, technical and recreational section) are housed in the massive forms lined with Siberian wood. The “rock” effect is magnified with the use of matching window shutters. The dark wood blends in with tree trunks. White form blends in with the sky. Moreover, bedroom glazing enclosed with stainless steel reflects the sky.
The living-garden features a roofed terrace with external kitchen (the kitchen top is folded into the wall closet). Thanks to this, the residents have the sense of living in open air. They hide in the cocoon of their bedrooms for the night only.
sustainable development and Living-Garden House
Living-Garden is a green, A-energy class building. Perfectly insulated – with thick walls, multilayer thermal glass, additional insulation provided by shutters – wooden ones downstairs and steel ones upstairs. The house does not require high energy for heating and remains cool in the summer. The ledge protects the ground floor against overheating.
Soon, the blend of architecture and the environment will be fuller: applying specific grass or moss types in the living section will improve the internal microclimate, improve the quality of air, and, in result, create a healthier space for living. More ethereal membranes will ultimately cease to separate us from the world. Houses will cease to interfere with the landscape.